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Ideologies and Forms of Leisure and Recreation in Victorian Manchester

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Beata Kiersnowska

This book analyses certain ideologies which governed the middle class’ hegemonic approach to leisure in Victorian Manchester. The study presents different forms of leisure, recreation and entertainment in the city. The author also examines the reasons for the support and financial involvement of Manchester bourgeoisie and its municipal authorities in their development. The analysis covers a wide range of cultural practices and activities, such as institutions and activities promoting intellectual and moral development, family recreation and entertainment, as well as activities and facilities improving health, physical and moral condition of the Mancunians, and sport.

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Fig. 1 An outline of lectures at Manchester Mechanics Institute (Greater Manchester County Record Office)

Fig. 2 A programme of a Penny Reading event, Hulme, Manchester (Greater Manchester County Record Office)

Fig. 3 Whitworth Park, Manchester 1880 (Supplement to The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 16 Feb. 1889)

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